Rudy Giuliani claims that he did nothing “inappropriate” during a scene filmed in Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat sequel, where Giuliani appears to start touching himself in a hotel room after being interviewed by a woman. As The Daily Beast reports, the former New York City mayor and President Trump’s personal attorney disputed the allegations in a radio interview after news and clips from the scene in question circulated earlier Wednesday.
In Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Giuliani is interviewed by an actress portraying Borat’s daughter Tutar, who is an “undercover” interviewer for a right-wing “patriotic” news program. The scene takes place in a hotel suite and following the interview, Tutar invites Giuliani to the bedroom for a drink. He pats her waist multiple times as she removes his microphone from the interview. Giuliani then lies down on the bed and puts his hands down his pants and appears to start touching himself.
“I had to take off the electronic equipment,” Giuliani said in a radio interview Wednesday. “And when the electronic equipment came off, some of it was in the back and my shirt came a little out, although my clothes were entirely on. I leaned back, and I tucked my shirt in, and at that point, at that point, they have this picture they take which looks doctored, but in any event, I’m tucking my shirt in. I assure you that’s all I was doing.”
In the radio interview, Giuliani claims it was a “hit job” against his work on behalf of his client: Trump. “It’s not an accident that it happens that I turn in all this evidence on their prince and darling Joe Biden, who’s one of the biggest crooks in the last 30 years, and since I have the courage to say that, I’m the target,” he says. He adds that he reported the film incident to the NYPD afterward.
Giuliani mentions that although he’s considered “a devil in Hollywood,” news about this scene did not circulate until now, despite his belief that many people in Hollywood saw the movie “back in July and August.” He connects the recent contested Hunter Biden story in which Giuliani is connected as to why his Borat scene controversy came out now. “Now all of a sudden there’s all this sensational stuff about me in the movie.” Far from nefarious timing, the “all of a sudden” is most likely due to the lifting today of embargoes against any reviews or divulging of information by media outlets, a common practice in entertainment journalism. The scene was shot in July, three months before any dubiously sourced allegations against Biden’s son came to light.
Giuliani also took to Twitter on Wednesday, calling the Borat video “a complete fabrication. I was tucking in my shirt after taking off the recording equipment,” he wrote. “At no time before, during, or after the interview was I ever inappropriate. If Sacha Baron Cohen implies otherwise he is a stone-cold liar.”
Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan is set to premiere on Friday via Amazon Prime Video.